It was the capital, of the former BAGHAL State, which later formed part of Himachal. BAGHAL was founded by Raja Ajai Dev in 1660-65 A.D. He was a scion of the family of Bhoj Dev King of Malwa who ruled over the whole of Northern India including Pakistan. Punjab and Sindh in the 10th century. Baghal State was founded by Sabha Chand in 1643. The Fort Palace was built by his son Prithvi Singh between 1695-1700. This Fort was also the Headquarters of the Nepalese General Amar Singh Thapa for 8 Years from 1806-1815, when he was driven out by the British General Ochterlony, with the help of Rana Jagat Singh of BAGHAL and Raja Ram Saran Singh of Handur (Nalagarh). The Arki town was developed in a planned manner by Raja Krishan Singh who ruled the state from 1840 to 1867. He was a patron of arts and learning and a far-sighted ruler. He built bridal horse and mule tracks to connect Arki with Shimla and Bilaspur and settled artisans, artists, scholars and businessmen from other parts of India in Arki and nearby giving them tax-free land free of cost.Raja Rajander Singh (1928 - 2010) was the last official Raja (21 Dec 1945 – 15 Aug 1947) of the state till independence of india. He donated (after ceiling act) vast land to Government and to his x-citizens and was also on the post of Commandant General of Home Guards, Director of Civil Defense, and MLA Himachal Pradesh in both post he did not take any salary.
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